Be it a single stem or a bouquet of blossoms, the beauty of flowers has inspired writers, artists, designers for centuries.

Gardens are peaceful, restorative places, full of life and natural charm. And if you are green fingered, planting, pruning and tending to plants can be one of life’s simplest and most rewarding pleasures.

Irrespective of creed and culture, flowers have become an integral part of our society. From cities, to seaside towns and tropical islands around the world, horticultural oases are destinations to admire and spend time.

Not just ornaments for the exterior, a bouquet of flowers is a beautiful finishing touch to grace any interior. Fresh blooms can brighten up any room instantly, to make even the dullest area look lively and vibrant. They bring with them a sense of life which compliments all the senses!

 

In celebration of Chelsea Flower Show this week, enrich your life through plants. Take inspiration from this fresh bouquet of some of our favourite gardening books, packed with tricks, glorious photography and wonderfully creative ideas!

The Flower Appreciation Society: An A to Z of All Things Floral 

By Anna Day and Ellie Jauncey

Bringing Nature Home: Floral Arrangements Throughout the Seasons 

by Ngoc Minh Ngo

Flora Illustrata: Great Works from the Luesther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden 

by Susan Fraser 

The English Country House Garden: Traditional Retreats to Contemporary Masterpieces

by George Plumptre and Marcus Harpur

A Natural History of English Gardening: 1650–1800 

by Mark Laird

Mark Laird, inspired by the naturalist Gilbert White, unearths forgotten historical data of the complex visual cultures of early modern gardening to understand the English landscape garden as a powerful cultural expression.

The Gardener’s Garden 

By Madison Cox, Ruth Chivers and Toby Musgrave

A beautiful title from Phaidon for those seeking inspiration on garden design from around the world. The book provides information and illustrations on over 250 permanent gardens provided by leading garden designers, horticulturalists and landscape artists from the 14th century to the present day.

The Flowers Art and Bouquets 

By Sixtine Dubly

A showcase of glorious floral images across a wide range of media from design writer Sixtine Dubly. Featuring stunning work by more than forty contemporary floral artists in major cities from minimalist to elaborate displays this is a beautiful collection of blossoms which will be loved by all.